JPod. Fiction · A lethal joyride into today’s new breed of technogeeks, Coupland’s forthcoming novel updates Microserfs for the age of Google. “JPod” is, remarkably, the geek-culture chronicler Douglas Coupland’s ninth novel since his debut, “Generation X.” It is a work in which his. Douglas Coupland returns to form with his updating of Microserfs for the Google generation, JPod, says John Elek.

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It’s hard to believe that this is the man who authored the book that made me want to become a writer.

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Feb 08, Dan Schwent rated it it was ok Shelves: Buy from other retailers. I love all his books insanely much. The casting is great and even the new stuff they added or changed. Couupland the reason, there is an unpalatable feeling of an artist angrily returning to his rut.

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Topics Books The Observer. Their insufferable, cloying boss insists douglae add a ‘charismatic turtle character’ to it, which everyone recognises as both humiliating and pointless. I don’t have a subset labelled ‘But Didn’t Finish’. Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks.

Apr 04, Michael rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This is a pretty funny book about being a computer programmer with family problems. As one character alleges, they’re ‘a depressing assemblage of pop-culture influences and cancelled emotions, driven by the sputtering engine of only the most banal form of capitalism’. People call it Microserfs 2.


It tells the nominal story of Ethan Jarlewski and his five co-workers in “JPod”, a working group in a video game production company in Vancouver. It’s sarcastic, witty, satirical, and outlandish. Highly recommended if you like that sort of thing.

The quirkiness of the jPod cast. Looking for More Great Reads? Reading these, you felt that Coupland was stretching himself, growing away from the hyper-ironised glibness that is his blessing and curse. To ask other readers questions about JPodplease sign up.

But compared to Eleanor Rigby? After Girlfriend in a Coma, I wrote elsewhere: Here, Coupland openly inserts himself into the narrative as a character that, although grumpy and not averse to sneaky blackmail, conveniently turns up to save the day. Account Options Sign in. Since his remarkable debut, the era-defining Generation Xthe quality of Coupland’s fiction has varied substantially.

So when I first bought JPod I was excited to read an author who would be able to put the nuanced plight of my generation on the page in a fun, contemporary way. Apr 06, Jonna rated it liked it Shelves: A hilarious satire of modern capitalism and consumerism.

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JPod was recommended to me by several friends. I took a Contemporary Literature class a couple of years ago and my very smart lecturer was talking, in passing, about Coupland and said that he was the kind of author to write himself into his books.

Then I watched him fall shorter and shorter with each subsequent release.

Coupland is coasting; JPod is not worth reading. Nobody is exempt, not even his seemingly straitlaced parents or Coupland himself.


Upper management decides to change Jeff the turtle for an adventurous prince who rides a magic dojglas. The April 3rd Incident. For information on how we process your data, read our Privacy Policy.

Coupland seems to have a very loyal and dedicated following, especially from people of particular generations. Nov 17, Angela rated it it was amazing Shelves: I watched 2 episodes of the short lived Canadian TV show and finding it just as good if not better than the book.

Fans of Coupland and of moral relativism. The other things I loved?

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Despite appearances, we discover that their workaholism stems mainly from a lack of anywhere else to be. As with Pynchon, Coupland’s world teems with data: Now you’re asking yourselves “But what did you hate? The master ironist just might redefine E. Ethan begins to date the newest addition to JPod, Kaitlin, and their relationship grows as she discovers that most of the members of the team, including herself, are mildly autistic.

Douglas Coupland, as a character, is inserted into the novel when Ethan visits China to bring a heroin -addicted Steve back to Canada.

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